Department of Sociology

Chelsea Smith

M.A., University of Texas at Austin

PhD Candidate
Chelsea Smith



Families; Children, Youth, and Adolescents; Demography; Longitudinal Quantitative Methods


Chelsea Smith is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology and a graduate student trainee with the Population Research Center. Her research interests are in family, children, youth, adolescents, and demography.

Specifically, Chelsea's work focuses on the effects of family instability on various aspects of children's well-being as well as the correlates of family formation during the transition to adulthood. Funded by a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being, her dissertation investigates family and neighborhood contexts of child maltreatment.

She completed her M.A. thesis in the summer of 2013 as part of her current graduate program at UT-Austin. Before entering graduate school, Chelsea earned a B.A. in Sociology and French Studies from Rice University. 

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